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May 10, 2011 06:09 |  #1

looking at getting this filter Hoya 77mm SHMC Pro 1-D UV for my soon to be purchased 17-55. what you guys think worthwhile purchase or should i consider something else? what are other 17-55 users putting on their lenses?


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May 10, 2011 06:16 |  #2

I have a Hoya HD protector on mine simply to attempt to cut down on dust. Its worked ok so far.


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May 10, 2011 06:38 |  #3

Sdiver2489 wrote in post #12381377 (external link)
I have a Hoya HD protector on mine simply to attempt to cut down on dust. Its worked ok so far.

+1 on the Hoya HD. Perfect filter. No dust in my 17-55 after two years of use.


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May 10, 2011 09:04 as a reply to  @ muusers's post |  #4

Hoyas are pretty good filters. Also, get a lens hood for the lens while you're at it.




  
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May 10, 2011 09:08 |  #5

0.0f wrote in post #12381359 (external link)
looking at getting this filter Hoya 77mm SHMC Pro 1-D UV for my soon to be purchased 17-55. what you guys think worthwhile purchase or should i consider something else? what are other 17-55 users putting on their lenses?

A lens hood would be a far more sensible purchase than a UV filter. A UV filter cannot possibly improve your images, but a hood can. A hood also provides quite a bit of protection against the daily bumps that a lens seems to get.

Cleaning a lens is an extremely easy process and the same care would need to be applied to cleaning a filter because the filter would generally be easier to scratch up than a modern lens.

It's my firm opinion that UV filters for "protection" benefit only the maker and the seller of the filter (by giving them profit) and not benefit the user of the filter. I don't waste my money on UV filters.


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May 10, 2011 09:16 |  #6

i'm only considering the filter with respects to the dust issue that this lens has. it has been said that putting a filter on the lens helps it suck in less dust.


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May 10, 2011 09:23 |  #7

0.0f wrote in post #12382154 (external link)
i'm only considering the filter with respects to the dust issue that this lens has. it has been said that putting a filter on the lens helps it suck in less dust.

Look carefully at the lens. Consider where a filter would fasten to it. Are there ANY openings to the lens' innards beyond the filter thread? I would doubt it seriously.

Most dust gets into a lens inner spaces through the gap around the tube that extends/retracts (for zoom lenses) or through the gap(s) between the control ring(s) and the body of the lens. No filter in the world would solve those issues.

Be absolutely sure that a filter would actually do what you want it to do before wasting your money.


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May 10, 2011 09:57 |  #8

SkipD wrote in post #12382201 (external link)
Look carefully at the lens. Consider where a filter would fasten to it. Are there ANY openings to the lens' innards beyond the filter thread? I would doubt it seriously.

Most dust gets into a lens inner spaces through the gap around the tube that extends/retracts (for zoom lenses) or through the gap(s) between the control ring(s) and the body of the lens. No filter in the world would solve those issues.

Be absolutely sure that a filter would actually do what you want it to do before wasting your money.

If you've ever taken apart a 17-55mm then you would know that, yes, dust can get in from the front.

Whenever I've decided to go filterless, I've gotten a dust bunny in there...maybe its just chance? Well, I've never really noticed any negative effect from the filter so I'm kinda in between on the 17-55...I do think it could help in certain cases.

I don't mind cleaning the 17-55mm...but just like a sensor it is a hassle.


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May 10, 2011 09:58 |  #9

SkipD wrote in post #12382201 (external link)
Look carefully at the lens. Consider where a filter would fasten to it. Are there ANY openings to the lens' innards beyond the filter thread? I would doubt it seriously.

Most dust gets into a lens inner spaces through the gap around the tube that extends/retracts (for zoom lenses) or through the gap(s) between the control ring(s) and the body of the lens. No filter in the world would solve those issues.

Be absolutely sure that a filter would actually do what you want it to do before wasting your money.

I agree^

I owned a 17-55 almost a year ago. Great lens by the way! Would have kept it if I didn't go full frame. Anyways, i purchased a B+W UV filter for it and dust still founded its way through. I'm not saying that a UV is a wasted of money, cause it isn't. It still provides some level of protection just in case some small object was to be aiming towards it. A hood should also be a priority because it gives your photo a bit more contrast and also block out stray lights. Like the filter, it also acts as a protector and does a better job at it.


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